2011 Press Releases


  • Exercise Before and During Early Pregnancy Boosts Key Proteins

    Released October 14, 2011 - New study suggests that exercise before conception and in the early stages of pregnancy may protect a mother-to-be by stimulating the expression of two proteins thought to play a role in blood vessel health.
  • Gender Differences in Blood Pressure Appear as Early as Adolescence

    Released October 14, 2011 - New research from the University of California at Merced finds that although obesity does not help teens of either gender, it has a greater impact on girls’ blood pressure than it does on boys’.
  • PCOS and Cardiovascular Disease

    Released October 14, 2011 - One in 15 women of childbearing age is diagnosed with a disorder commonly referred to as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). The condition is one of the most common causes of women not ovulating and thus causes difficulty in conceiving. Fertility is not the only health consequence these women face, however. PCOS has been associated with an increased risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD), the leading killer of women and men alike. Researcher Sarah Berga, MD provides an update.
  • Women’s Heart Disease Tied to Small Blood Vessels

    Released October 14, 2011 - Bairey Merz, MD provides an overview of latest data about methods and how they can be applied to help clinicians understand gender differences in the pathophysiology of heart disease.
  • APS Sponsors Conference on Gender Differences in Health

    Released October 13, 2011 - For years, those involved in cardiac care viewed the diagnosis and treatment procedures for cardiovascular disease as applicable to both men and women, despite the fact that heart disease kills 200,000 women each year, five times the rate of breast cancer. Today, thanks in part to physiology -- the study of how the body works -- physicians now know that instead of developing blockages in the arteries supplying blood to the heart, a common occurrence with men, women accumulate plaque more evenly inside the major arteries and in smaller blood vessels. This condition, which appears to be particularly common in younger women, can be as dangerous as the better-known form of the disease. This and other new cardiovascular research findings are just one of the outcomes resulting from the revolution in gender studies in physiology. Cardiovascular disease and other gender-specific conditions are the topic of the latest conference sponsored by the American Physiological Society.
  • Gender Matters in Heart Health

    Released September 28, 2011 - Highlights of the upcoming meeting, “Physiology of Cardiovascular Disease: Gender Disparities”
  • Abnormal Activation of a Protein May Explain Link Between High Salt Intake & Obesity

    Released September 19, 2011 - Research suggests abnormal activation of a protein may help explain the deadly link between high salt intake and obesity.
  • New Data from Studies Bolsters Case for Using Aldosterone Antagonists in Heart Failure

    Released September 19, 2011 - Leading expert reviews data from three prominent studies on the risks and benefits of prescribing aldosterone antagonists for patients who have heart failure.
  • What's Behind Hypertension?

    Released August 1, 2011 - Each day we consume liquids in order to keep hydrated and maintain our body’s fluid balance. But just as a water balloon can get overtaxed by too much liquid, the human body is negatively affected when it retains fluids because it is unable to eliminate them properly. One of the key variables influencing how much fluid we hold in our bodies is ordinary table salt. The consequences of excess fluid retention can be severe, causing not only edema (excess of body fluid), but also high blood pressure (hypertension). What is the connection between fluid balance and hypertension? The 7th International Symposium on Aldosterone and the ENaC/Degenerin Family of Ion Channels explores the topic in detail.
  • A Mother’s Salt Intake Could be Key to Prenatal Kidney Development

    Released July 6, 2011 - A new animal study finds that too much or too little salt has an impact, and could lead to a lifetime of high blood pressure.
  • Univ of Louisville Professor Earns APS's Cannon Award

    Released April 11, 2011 - American Physiological Society has selected Roberto Bolli, MD, Chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky, to present the Walter B. Cannon Memorial Lecture at the Experimental Biology 2011 meeting.
  • Vitamin D May Help Heart Risk in African Americans

    Released April 11, 2011 - New research from the Georgia Prevention Institute at Georgia Health Sciences University indicates supplementation with Vitamin D, the "sunshine vitamin," may be particularly beneficial for overweight African-American adults, a population at increased risk for both cardiovascular disease and Vitamin D deficiency.
  • Obesity May Shut Down Circadian Clock in Cardiovascular System

    Released April 10, 2011 - Obese individuals typically suffer more medical problems than their leaner counterparts such as insulin resistance, diabetes, increased stress hormones, hypothyroidism, and sleep apnea. Researchers at the Georgia Health Sciences University have found, using an animal model, that a master clock gene – which regulates the cardiovascular system – does not fluctuate regularly as it does in non-obese animals. This means that a key gene clock of the cardiovascular system does not work properly when obesity is present.
  • Highlights of Physiological Research at the EB 2011 Meeting

    Released February 16, 2011 - The American Physiological Society, a co-sponsor of the Experimental Biology 2011 meeting, offers four program tracks designed to provide insight into the progress and programs in physiology: aging and sex differences; cardiovascular pathology; stem cells; and inflammation and immune responses. The meeting will also include the prestigious APS award lectures. The Walter B. Cannon Memorial Award Lecture will be given by Roberto Bolli. The lecture is entitled, "The nitric oxide-carbon monoxide module: A fundamental mechanism of cellular resistance to stress." The Henry Pickering Bowditch Memorial Award Lecture will be presented by Larissa Shimoda. Her lecture is entitled, "Effects of chronic hypoxia on the pulmonary circulation: role of HIF-1."